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Rockford Register Star: Bustos, Kinzinger discuss civility in politics

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ROCKFORD, IL, October 30, 2017 | comments
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, visited the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford to talk about civility and its role in their jobs and day-to-day lives.
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Bustos, Kinzinger discuss civility in politics

ROCKFORD — In a political climate far from amicable, two Congressional representatives came together Monday to participate in a civil dialogue.

U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-East Moline, and Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Channahon, visited the Nordlof Center in downtown Rockford to talk about civility and its role in their jobs and day-to-day lives.

“My concern is that our ability to have a discussion has just broken down completely,” Kinzinger said regarding today’s society, adding that he and Bustos make a good example of two politicians who have different viewpoints, but are still civil to one another.

The representatives were asked a series of questions from audience members and moderators Mark Baldwin, executive editor of the Rockford Register Star, and Dennis Horton, director of the Rockford Regional Office for the Better Business Bureau. Local high school students, particularly those interested in politics, were also in attendance.

“I want to give credit to the Rockford community for coming out and showing that there is a true interest and asking [us] questions about how we get along and civility,” Bustos said. “And for them to express their concern about what’s going on in Washington.”

Bustos and Kinzginer spoke about how they work with people on the other side of the aisle, how and why they choose to be civil when disagreeing with someone, and how young people can exert civility in their communities.

Guilford High School senior Charles Larson said he learned more than he expected.

“I wasn’t necessarily sure what the premise of civility was, or what they were going to be talking about exactly,” he said. “But I learned a lot about it here and I think we can really promote civil discourse within our schools, but also with just the people we’re around every day.”




The original article, with photos, can be found on the Rockford Register Star website here: http://www.rrstar.com/news/20171030/bustos-kinzinger-discuss-civility-in-politics
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